Story of a Death Foretold: Pinochet, the CIA and the Coup against Salvador Allende, 11 September 1973 Paperback – 25 Sep 2014
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The author deftly follows two strands - political developments in Chile itself and the global context that rendered a seemingly mild version of Latin American socialism so unpalatable for US government and business interests . He is at his strongest when tracing the social and cultural history of the movement, the "revolution from below" involving "shoemakers, weavers, poets and musicians [and] other areas of social creativity and production, such as factory labour, mural painting and literature" (John Kampfner, Observer)
In Story of a Death Foretold, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera vividly demonstrates the extent of US complicity in the coup that brought Pinochet to power (Observer Books of the Year)
Fascinating. commendable for [its] originality and research (Washington Post)
The gripping story of the military coup against Salvador Allende, President of Chile - what was at stake and what his legacy means for the world today.See all Product Description
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This was an important event - and one that ought to receive far more attention than it does. A democratically elected government, acting within the legal confines of the constitution, was overthrow and replaced by a murderous right-wing military dictatorship (backed by the CIA).
Why? Because that government was socialist, led by a Marxist. The US government hated the idea of left-wing regime, and so did whatever was required to get ride of it. The coup and what followed ended democracy for decades, and involved the killing of thousands.
This book explores these events. It's very interesting, and easy to read. Yet it's not the most 'academic' of books. It more like an extended piece of journalism. There's lots of speculation and conjecture. Yes, many facts are presented. But far too much of the book appears to be personal opinion. While I tend to agree with much of this opinion, it nonetheless reduces the quality of this piece of work.
A fascinating book, but somewhat limited in terms of analysis and depth.
One point that's been mentioned elsewhere is the somewhat tin-eared use of English (it was written by Guardiola-Rivera in English rather than being a translation); my favourite is the title of Chapter 1: "Outlaws and Political Cobblers." Actually, I think this is a bit more accurate than the author would have liked...
I did. I was looking forward to an interesting account of an historically important event.
Instead about half of this book features turgid and dense discussion of Chilean history stretching back to the 1800s coupled with tedious analysis of various competing philosophies. Only a willing product of modern academia could transform a story so fascinating and heroic into such a boring book.
Those interested in this subject are - in my opinion - far better advised to read the relevant chapters of Christopher Hitchens' "The Trial of Henry Kissinger".
Amazon delivered this book to me on schedule and in excellent condition.
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I found this book extremely easy to follow and full of insights into dirty political/capitalist machinations which leave a bad taste in the mouth.Published 16 months ago by Daniel Grugel
It takes a long fine to get going. There is too much theoretical digressions. Only the parts leading up to the coup, how the coup unfolded and some actions undertaken by pinochet... Read morePublished 17 months ago by bbunyan
An interesting and important story and, probably, well told in its original language. However the translation is apalling and makes what should be a good read a very difficult... Read morePublished 20 months ago by melon
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